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north_korea_government1By NewsGram Staff Writer

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will be felicitated with a global statesmanship award this year.

The Sukarno award, named after the daughter of Indonesia’s founding father, will be presented to Kim Jong-un by the Bali-based Sukarno Centre.

Speaking on the announcement, Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, daughter of Indonesia’s founder said, “We will give the award to President Kim Jong-un because he has been consistent in carrying out the ideals of the great leader, Kim Il Sung, which is to fight imperialism.”

“So this will be a sequel, where we give the award to Kim Jong-un for his persistence in fighting neo-colonialism,” Soekarnoputri said, alluding to the award being previously awarded to Kim II Sung.

The Sukarno award is presented to people who have made contributions to peace and development such as Mahatma Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a remarkably absurd judgment, the award will be awarded to Kim Jong-un despite the execution of a man who ran a turtle farm by the North Korean dictator earlier this month.

The man was apparently hounded for not looking after the turtles well enough. The farmer, on his part, had complained about issues such as electricity, water and equipment,  complaints that were dismissed by the leader as “nonsensical.”

Shortly after the incident the man was shot dead.

Cases of poor governance and apathy are frequently reported in North Korea while around 10.2 million North Koreans are currently facing the “worst drought in over a hundred years.”

Outlandish claims are also commonly made by the dictatorship regime. In June, the country announced it had invented a wonder drug capable of curing Aids, Ebola and cancer, a dubious contention on which the world heavily came down upon.

False propaganda reports such as Kim Jong-un inventing the hamburger and possessing magical powers have also been made.

Though reports show that Kim Jong-un was born in Siberia, the country claims that he was born atop a North Korean mountain prompting a double rainbow and the spontaneous appearance of a new star.

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Face Mask of Kim Jong-un Stirs Controversy

Kim has led North Korea since the death of its former dictator, his father Kim Jong-il, in 2011

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Kim Jong-un face mask stirs controversy.

A South Korean fashion and cosmetics firm has stirred controversy with a facial mask featuring Kim Jong-un prompting many stores to pull the product of the shelves.

The so-called “nuke masks” were created by 5149, a South Korean fashion and cosmetics company. It said it has sold more than 25,000 “unification moisture nuclear masks” since June, the BBC reported.

Many South Korean stores, though, halted the sales amid a public backlash and concerns over the masks’ legality.

In South Korea it is illegal to speak favourably of the North Korean government, though the law is rarely enforced.

Dozens of Koreans have posted pictures of themselves on social media with the masks, which cost 4,000 won, the BBC said.

Propaganda-style slogans claim the masks contain mineral water from Mount Paektu, the sacred, active volcano, which is the birthplace of Dangun, founder of the first Korean kingdom more than 4,000 years ago, according to Korean mythology.

“Personally, I don’t like merchandise promoting a certain political agenda,” Irene Kim, a South Korean skincare expert, told the South China Morning Post.

“A few years ago, North Korea was the largest threat to our country… Kim Jong-un was seen as a dictator and a tyrant who would stop at nothing to disrupt world peace, now he’s become the face of a popular face mask,” she added.

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Kim Jong Un.

The North Korean leader and his regime have been criticised by the UN for “systematic, widespread” human rights abuses.

Both North and South Korea are still technically at war, but leaders from both countries attended talks this year over denuclearisation.

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In an interview with the New York Times, 5149 CEO Kwak Hyeon-ju said she wanted the masks to celebrate the “once in a lifetime” Korean summits held earlier this year.

Kim has led North Korea since the death of its former dictator, his father Kim Jong-il, in 2011.

The country’s communist regime has been criticised by the UN and human rights groups for “systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations”. (IANS)